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Old 12-09-2011, 04:42 AM   #11
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Race Tech Fork Springs - .90 KG/MM FRSP S3732090 - $93.09 Amazon (check Racetech site for correct spring for your weight)
Race Tech Gold Valve Cartridge Fork Emulator , Color: Gold FEGV S4301 - $132.35 Amazon
1 Liter 15wt Fork Oil $15.49 Local Shop

Total $240.93

This will be added to my wish list for sure. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 01-07-2012, 06:42 PM   #12
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Can this be done a garage or is a shop necessary ?
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Old 01-08-2012, 08:29 AM   #13
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Yes, I did it right in the garage. If you have a motorcycle jack to lift the bike high enough to slide the fork tubes out you shouldn't have a any issues. You'll need a jack, allen keys, front wheel axle socket (I use a spark plug socket), drill to put additional oil flow holes in the inner tubes, pick set or small screw driver to remove clip that holds in the internals, saw or large tubing cutter to cut spacers (new springs are shorter so you measure tube spacer to set pre-load, I just measured the stock spring & made the new spring + spacer the same length). The directions that come with the kit are very detailed and straight forward. Start to finish took me about 2 hours.
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Old 01-08-2012, 08:44 AM   #14
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Yes, I did it right in the garage. If you have a motorcycle jack to lift the bike high enough to slide the fork tubes out you shouldn't have a any issues. You'll need a jack, allen keys, front wheel axle socket (I use a spark plug socket), drill to put additional oil flow holes in the inner tubes, pick set or small screw driver to remove clip that holds in the internals, saw or large tubing cutter to cut spacers (new springs are shorter so you measure tube spacer to set pre-load, I just measured the stock spring & made the new spring + spacer the same length). The directions that come with the kit are very detailed and straight forward. Start to finish took me about 2 hours.
Preload is based on the sag you want to attain when riding with the amount of weight you normally ride with so that you get the proper travel when riding over the irregularities on the road. A light solo rider is not going to set preload the same as someone who mostly rides two up and loaded for a trip. Of course spring choice will affect how much preload as well.

You also have to be prepared to fish the emulators out of the forks to adjust them until you dial them in for the way you ride. Although a lot of riders will see a great benefit with the default setting.
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Preload is based on the sag you want to attain when riding with the amount of weight you normally ride with so that you get the proper travel when riding over the irregularities on the road. A light solo rider is not going to set preload the same as someone who mostly rides two up and loaded for a trip. Of course spring choice will affect how much preload as well.

You also have to be prepared to fish the emulators out of the forks to adjust them until you dial them in for the way you ride. Although a lot of riders will see a great benefit with the default setting.
That is absolutely correct; the directions that come with the kit go into cutting the spacer to achieve the correct sag & preload great detail. If you go on the RaceTech website you can see their recommendations (part#'s)for spring rate vs bike load.

Something like this works terrific to remove/set the emulators http://www.harborfreight.com/24-inch...ool-94162.html

I am very happy with the results of this kit; it will never carve up the roads like my ZX14 or CBR1000 did but it feels solid through the corners now; well, until the floor boards touch down & scare the H*** out of me
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Old 11-05-2012, 06:02 PM   #16
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Well I have been putting this off...... until now. Saturday coming back from a Arkansas Coalition of Motorcyclist meeting, I was working hard keeping up with my brother who has a 103CI Harley with extra work in the engine. We were getting on I-40 and we were both at max acceleration making the big right hand sweeper when my front end started this weird undulating. It was a slow oscillation that scared the crap out of me. I rode through it and once I exited the sweeper it went away but man I have to say that the rest of the way home the cheeks were tight. BTW, before I left I checked all the tire and shock pressures. I am running Michelin RC2, 36psi front, 41psi rear. I have 22PSI in the shocks. I am definitely doing this over the winter along with the head bearing.
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Finally took a good ride with my newly rebuilt front forks. All new internals with traxxion dynamics springs and Race Tech Gold Valve Emulators. Along with the newly greased steering head bearings, the handles reall well. Turn in is effortless now. The bike is so much easier to ride.

I have the bike set up for two up riding and the result is a sportier ride when solo. I am running 30 PSI in the rear shocks. I think I will be running out of tire when the boards touch down.

Now that the front end handles so well, I can feel the harshness of the rear end.
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Finally took a good ride with my newly rebuilt front forks. All new internals with traxxion dynamics springs and Race Tech Gold Valve Emulators. Along with the newly greased steering head bearings, the handles reall well. Turn in is effortless now. The bike is so much easier to ride.

I have the bike set up for two up riding and the result is a sportier ride when solo. I am running 30 PSI in the rear shocks. I think I will be running out of tire when the boards touch down.

Now that the front end handles so well, I can feel the harshness of the rear end.
What influenced you to go with traxxion dynamics springs rather than Race Tech or Progressive?
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What influenced you to go with traxxion dynamics springs rather than Race Tech or Progressive?
I was able to drop the forks off at Traxxion Dynamics on my way to go ride the mountains so I was able to talk with them in person. I had already learned of their excellent reputation so having them close was a plus.

Strapped the forks across the back of my Versys.
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